Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made a number of statements backing Pope Francis' views on the dangers of global wealth and income inequality, ahead of his scheduled visit to the Vatican this week.
"The pope is right in saying all of us must address the grotesque income and wealth inequality we are seeing throughout the world," Sanders' campaign Facebook page wrote on Sunday.
"Pope Francis is right. It is a tragedy that so many men, women and children in this world are suffering. They are suffering because of social, environmental and economic injustice, and I look forward to addressing these issues when I visit Vatican City next week," another statement from Sanders read. more >>
Last week, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders joined 11 other members of Congress in sending a letter to the National Institute of Health (NIH), urging the agency to cut costs for the prostate cancer drug, Xtandi, by employing its "march-in rights." These rights, which have never before been utilized by the NIH, were established in 1980 under the Bayh-Dole Act, which gives federal agencies the authority to license a patent when action is deemed necessary, primarily as an emergency tactic. Using this provision as their justification, lawmakers are requesting that NIH override Xtandi's patent protection, which guarantees its manufacturers exclusive sales, in an effort to reduce the costs of the drug.
This request represents an enormous overreach by the government into U.S business and a major threat to the drug development process as a whole. However, Senator Sanders' proposal doesn't just have the potential to undermine the drug development system, it also poses a serious danger to the patent system by allowing the government to intervene in the protection of intellectual property.
The Constitution gives Congress the power to grant patents under Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. The establishment of patents is a key constitutional right and critical to fostering American innovation and growth for well over two centuries. Like the property rights our founding fathers valued in the highest degree, the protection of intellectual property has been key to America's success, responsible for establishing us as a global leader across many industries. Undermining the patent system, even for just one patent in one industry, would call into question our nation's entire system for protecting intellectual property and undercut a core American value that sets us apart from other nations. more >>
America is facing "one of the darkest hours our nation has experience," said one of the most prominent Hispanic-American evangelical leader as he called on the Church to stand up for its values.
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, made his comments in a Friday live interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck, ahead of his visit to Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend two political events: the United Cry rally and the Wilberforce Weekend.
In his interview, Rodriguez urged American Christians to stop living out a "lukewarm faith," especially at such an important time for American politics. more >>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning non-essential state travel to Mississippi over the state's recently signed law offering legal protection to individuals and businesses opposed to gay marriage.
The executive order came in response of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signing House Bill 1523 into law on Tuesday morning.
A regional chapter of the nation's leading abortion provider filed a legal complaint against Indiana for the state's recently passed law banning abortions of babies with Down syndrome.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed the suit against the House Enrolled Act 1337 on Thursday in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana.
The Obama administration has agreed to change the phrasing in citizenship study materials to accurately reflect the constitutional right of "freedom of religion" so that new citizens don't think that liberty is restrained to just "freedom of worship."
The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services notified Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., last week that his request to have the wording on a naturalization study guide to be changed from "freedom of worship" to "freedom of religion" will be granted.
Lankford, the co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus and a former Baptist youth ministry leader, sent a letter to Sec. of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson last June inquiring about the use of the term "freedom of worship" in question 51 of a naturalization study guide called "Learn About the United States: Quick Civic Lessons." more >>